LG unleashes a wearable that lets parents track their kids

The Kizon is worn by children but is really meant for parents -- letting them know where their kids are at all times with GPS, Wi-Fi, and a direct call button.

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LG's Kizon wearable lets parents keep track of their kids. YU JANG-HUN/LG Electronics

LG Electronics is catering to parents who want to keep a closer eye on their children when they're not around. The company unveiled a new wearable designed for kids on Tuesday that's dubbed the LG Kizon.

The water-resistant polythiourethane wristband comes in bright colors and with kiddie accessory features, like a Hello Kitty cover. It was designed primarily for the small wrists of pre-school and primary school children. The software in the device lets parents track their children with GPS and Wi-Fi and get notifications regarding their kid's whereabouts throughout the day on a smartphone.

In addition to child tracking, Kizon also doubles as a way for parents and their children to communicate via a "One Step Direct Call" button. If a parent calls their child and there's no answer, Kizon will automatically connect the call and let the parents listen to what's going on with a built-in microphone on the device.

Kizon's battery is slated to run for 36 hours on one charge. It has 64MB RAM memory and can run on 2G and 3G networks.

"Children as well as the elderly are ideal customers for wearable technologies," LG Electronics Mobile Communications CEO Jong-seok Park said in a statement. "Wearables allow us to stay connected without the worry of losing a device or the inconvenience of having to carry a large item in a pocket."

LG has introduced a couple of other wearables over the past few months. It debuted the LG G Watch in June, which is outfitted with Google's customized OS for wearable devices called Android Wear. And, in May, it introduced its health tracker LG Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones.

Kizon will go on sale in South Korea on Thursday and will debut in North America and Europe in the fall. LG hasn't yet announced prices for the wearable.

Updated at 7:18 a.m. PT: LG clarified its press release, noting that the Kizon does not work with tablets.

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Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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